The Vienna Energy Forum was held in Austria on 18-20 June

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) takes place every two years. It was established in 2008 by the Austrian Government, IIASA and UNIDO. The Forum aims to explore how energy can contribute to meeting global development challenges, based on the premise that issues such as poverty, climate change, security, health and income are closely linked to the nature, accessibility and affordability of existing energy systems.

This year the forum took place from 18 – 20 June and EEP’s Programme Director Wim Jonker Klunne did participate as a panelist in the panel on public-private partnerships for energy efficiency, which was chaired by Mr. Mark Radka of UNEP. In this session he highlighted the potential for energy savings, efficiency and generation at the government infrastructure level as an opportunity for PPPs. He stressed that financial viability is not enough to get a project off the ground and that the understanding of potential mutual benefits of PPPs is essential.

The Forum did conclude with eight recommendations that will be used as inputs into the ongoing debate on the role of energy for development.

In key message one, the Forum recommends the approval of the SDGs in September by the UN General Assembly, in particular SDGs 7 (access to sustainable energy) and 9 (sustainable industrialization). This message further cites major scaling up of action on the ground as key to the success of the 2015 global development debates.

Key message two links climate action to action on SDGs. This message describes the three major global debates in 2015 as a rare opportunity to link climate action and the SDGs.

Key message three states that two-thirds of energy efficiency potential will go untapped unless effective policies and measures are put in place to allow necessary action and investments.

Key message four underlines that, to meet energy efficiency and renewable energy potential, scaled up action and investments are needed in targeted areas, such as cities, and in key sectors such as industry, transport, power generation and buildings.

Key message five states that the nexus between energy, transport, food, water and health is inseparable is an essential contributor to social progress and human wellbeing, and needs to be approached in an integrated manner for adequate solutions.

Key message six states that greater effort is needed to strengthen the synergies between the three 2030 SE4All goals: (ensure universal energy access, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy).

Key message seven outlines that much of the potential for greater impact in climate and development action goes untapped because of lack of regulatory cohesion and lack of synergy between national and sub- national efforts. This message highlights the need for regional approaches, such as regional centers, on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and cohesive policy actions for lowering transaction costs and promoting economies of scale for regional approaches.

Key message eight states that sustainable energy and women’s empowerment are mutually reinforcing goals and that empowering women to become agents of sustainable energy will be key to achieving truly inclusive and sustainable development.

A full report on the 2015 Vienna Energy Forum can be found at http://www.iisd.ca/energy/vef/2015/html/enbplus93num13e.html.

Africa Clockwise

Our partner in mitigating the climate change, a stand-up comedian Mark Sampson, held a show in Noordhoek as a part of his Cape Town tour on Saturday the 29 of August. The show was about a journey of traveling through West Africa with a truck that runs on 100% of renewable fuels –kids and a wife on board– for 12 months, and awakening the audience to think about their values in their everyday lives.

The family is on a mission attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest journey made on alternative fuel. The journey will continue in October from Liberia, whereof the family  had to pause the travels last year due to the Ebola epidemic.

Read more about the Africa Clockwise -project here>>

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EEP side event in SAIREC

EEP S&EA at SAIREC 2015

South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference 4 – 7 October 2015 / Cape Town International ConventionCentre / Cape Town

EEP side event ‘Energy access in Africa: lessons learned and the way forward’ will be held on MONDAY 5 OCTOBER / 18:00 – 19:30

Over the last 6 years EEP S&EA has supported nearly 200 energy access projects in southern and east Africa. This side event will look at the lessons learned, implications for the way energy access is provided in general and will discuss the best way forward.

The detailed Agenda for the EEP side event SAIREC >>

Register free of charge  to the event here>>

Note: registration is compulsory to attend SAIREC and its side events. Registration closes 15 September 2015

 

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Coming soon – KEF 2015

The Knowledge Exchange Forum 2015 will be held on the 3rd of December in Tanzania.

More info including the agenda and venue will follow shortly.

Book the day on your calendar and see you in Tanzania!

Read more about last year’s event here>>

 

EEP S&EA has been nominated four times in AUW 2015!

EEP Coordination Office is thrilled about the nominations for African Utility Week Industry Awards. EEP S&EA as a Programme is one of the nominees for a Clean Energy Project of the Year award. Also, Gigawatt Global Rwanda, one of the most successful EEP funded projects,  has been nominated in the same category!

In addition, Devergy, our EEP project of the year 2014, and Gigawatt Global Rwanda have been nominated for the  African Community Project of the Year award. Congratulations!

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EEP is looking forward to the African Utility Week (we’ll be present at stands and panel discussions) that will be held on 12-14 May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Read more about the event >>

 

 

VaasaEnergyWeek gathered up the largest energy cluster in Nordic countries

Vaasa EnergyWeek in Finland is a must-go happening: this annually organized event is the place where the cluster companies gather to network and make business. The Vaasa region is the largest energy cluster in the Nordic countries.
The Energy and Environment Partnership participated to the Vaasa EnergyWeek’s happening called Vaasa Wind Exchange & Solar. We provided the participants with relevant information about the EEP’s opportunities for companies. Not only it is possible to apply for grants, but it might also be possible to find your future business partner through the Programme as well as business and investment opportunities.

Read the EEP’s presentation here>>
Useful links:
http://energyweek.fi/
http://energyweek.fi/our-events/vaasa-wind-exchange-2014-18-19-03-2014/

Energy investment opportunities in Southern Africa

The Embsassy of Finland in Pretoria and The Finnish Trade Center, Finpro, organized a networking event for Finnish companies and Friends of Finland on the 12th March in Pretoria. The event was opened by H.E Mr. Petri Salo, Ambassador of Finland and followed by presentations of the current trends and investment opportunities in renewable energy sector in the region and updates of the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme in Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA).

Mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne, The Programme director of EEP S&EA, gave participants an overview of the current renewable energy trends globally, regionally and in South Africa. In his presentation, Wim underlined that in terms of renewable energy investments and already installed capacity, Africa as a continent is lacking significantly behind the others. However, especially South Africa is rapidly picking up the global trends, and globally the investments in renewable energy has been growing considerably after year 2005. Consequently, the production of new coal and gas has dropped dramatically.

Moreover, the global trends show that people having access to energy and rate of electrification is seemingly lower  in Africa than in the other continents. Currently the gap between the population growth and electrification is only growing.

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The latest figures (Feb 2015) show that within the Southern African region most countries are struggling to produce enough electricity for their demand. In South Africa, for example, the current operating capacity is 36000MW the peak demand being 37661MW. To tackle the issue, countries have started to implement alternative energy projects to fill the gap in the energy production. The most commonly implemented technologies are hydro and gas, but also renewables are taken into account (e.g REIPPP).

A delightful trend in the energy sector is that even in South Africa, the energy prices produced by renewable energy sources (mainly solar and wind) are already comparable or lower than new coal or gas options. Hence, the opportunities within the sector are tremendous. The opportunities to connect to the national grid are realistic for larger scale producers but require a longer preparation time due to the bureaucracy. Or in some occasions, when a producer can find a willing buyer, the electricity can be wheeled through the national grid from the production plant to the customer. One example of this type of arrangement is Bio2Watt, selling their electricity (produced from biogas) to BMW in Pretoria.

Other opportunities are in smaller scale renewables (own consumption, off-grid and grid-tied), where also EEP is strongly contributing.

Read the whole presentation from this link>> 20150312 Friends of Finland – investment opportunities southern Africa

The EEP Coordination Office also reminded the participants that the 11th Call for Proposals is now open for concept note applications! Read more here>>

 

EEP in Africa Energy Indaba

On 17 and 18 February EEP Programme Director Wim Jonker-Klunne participated as panelist in the yearly Africa Energy Indaba conference. The Indaba was organized in close collaboration with the World Energy Council, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the Southern African National Energy Association and the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development.

The event was very well attended and hosted the Director General of the South African Ministry of Energy, Dr. Worsley Barnard, who delivered the keynote address, and many other energy luminaries.

Next to an extensive exhibition, the conference saw several parallel sessions in which different prominent issues in the energy field in Africa were discussed and debated. Quite a number of them were very relevant for projects typically supported by EEP.

At the Energy Efficiency session the EEP Programme Director provided his insight in the barriers for the uptake of energy efficiency projects, the role of national targets for energy efficiency as well as the role that can be played by programmes like EEP.

For more information please visit the conference’s website (http://energyindaba.co.za) or contact Mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne (Wim.JonkerKlunne@EEPAfrica.org)

Please note that the 8th annual Africa Energy Indaba will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from the 16 – 17 February 2016.